2014 Partnership Grants
Urine as fertilizer: Maximizing hay yield and enriching low-N composts
Abraham Noe-Hays, Rich Earth Institute, Putney VT
Attitudes toward recycling human waste into fertilizer are beginning to shift as food security and the cost of clean water and sewage treatment become pressing concerns. There is also a growing body of international research on nutrient reclamation, but the only method commonly used in the US, field application of sludge, has limitations. The project manager will expand on previous field trials on recycling urine into an agricultural fertilizer with a particular emphasis on maximum benefits and reduced labor. Outreach will be through conferences, farm tours, and forums.
Project number: ONE14-218